April 24, 2014

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Separation anxiety tips for parents of school children Print E-mail

There are plenty of kids who don’t enjoy school, but for some primary school children the issue can be due to stress and anxiety over being separated from their parents. There’s always at least one child in every class who suffers from separation anxiety – and it’s distressing for all concerned. How many parents have finally managed to extricate themselves from their howling child, only to fall in a heap themselves when they reach the car?

Primary school children who regularly get distressed when being left at school are often classified as having separation anxiety disorder. This can sound serious, but in nearly all cases, the child will improve over time – with the occasional relapse.

It’s natural for your young child to feel anxious when you say goodbye. Although it can be difficult, separation anxiety is a normal stage of development. With understanding, patience, and coping strategies, it can be relieved—and should fade as your child gets older.

There’s lots of advice out there on how to deal with it – but understanding your child and working on some commonsense strategies to deal with it is sometimes the best approach.

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Recognizing National Immunization Awareness Month in August Print E-mail

August is typically recognized as National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM). This awareness month highlights the need for improving national immunization coverage levels and encourages all people to protect their health by being immunized against infectious diseases.

While CDC does not sponsor this month, CDC does support and encourage the efforts of state and local health departments and other immunization partners to celebrate NIAM and use this month to promote back to school immunizations, remind college students to catch up immunizations before they move into dormitories, and remind everyone that the influenza season is only a few months away. It’s a great reminder to our nation that people of all ages require timely immunization to protect their health.

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Cleft and cranio-facial awareness Print E-mail

Thousands of Americans, from infants to adults, are affected by cleft and craniofacial conditions. Some of these conditions are congenital, meaning they are present at birth, and others are the result of trauma. July is National Cleft and Craniofacial Awareness and Prevention Month. Children with Cleft or Craniofacial Conditions Face Challenges

Craniofacial conditions include a broad range of problems with the skull and face. Cleft lip and palate is the most common jaw problem in children. It’s a birth defect resulting in a space in the lip and/or palate because the bone and tissue in the mouth don’t meet. The defect can be as innocuous as a small notch in the lip to a groove in the roof of the mouth.

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Sarcomas; malignant (cancerous) tumors of connective tissues Print E-mail

Malignant (cancerous) tumors of the connective tissues are called "sarcomas." There are more than 50 sub-types of sarcoma. According to the American Cancer Society, about 11,280 people will be diagnosed with sarcoma this year and slightly more men than women develop soft tissue sarcoma. Sarcomas are cancers that are much more likely to affect children and young adults than many other more common cancers. Sarcoma is a very rare disease. Due to its rarity, it is crucial for patients to seek a cancer specialist in the treatment of their disease.

Sarcoma arises in the connective tissue of the body. The connective tissue includes muscle, bone, fat, nerve, cartilage, blood vessel, and deep skin tissue. Connective tissue is present throughout the body, so sarcoma can occur in any location. Sarcomas are divided into two main groups: bone sarcomas and soft tissue sarcomas.

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Pennsylvania's nine signers of the Declaration of Independence Print E-mail

Among the signers of the Declaration of Independence of Pennsylvania there were nine representatives from Pennsylvania with the best known of them no doubt being Benjamin Franklin. Born in Boston in 1706, he was the tenth of seventeen children born to Josiah Franklin, a soap maker, and his second wife, Abiah Folger. It was Josiah's desire that his son enter into the clergy, but clergymen needed years of schooling and the father could only afford to send his son for one year. Therefore, young Franklin was apprenticed to his brother James, a printer. He would help his brother compose pamphlets and set type which was grueling work and then 12-year-old Benjamin would sell their products in the streets of the city.

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More on the lives of the men who signed the Declaration of Independence Print E-mail

Many of the signers of the Declaration of Independence were educated in private schools such as George Read, who was born on his families' farm in Cecil County, Maryland on September 18, 1733. He attended a school in Chester, Pennsylvania then the Philadelphia Academy under Doctor Allison at New London. At fifteen he graduated and proceeded to study law at the office of John Moland in Philadelphia. He was admitted to the Philadelphia Bar in 1753. The following year he moved to New Castle Delaware to establish a new practice.

In Delaware, Read established quite a reputation and in time was appointed attorney general to three Delaware counties, an office he held until he was elected to the first Continental Congress in 1774. In 1764, the period leading up to the stamp act protests, Read had joined the Delaware Committee of Correspondence and was active in the patriot movement. At the Continental Congress he found Lee's Resolution for independence to be too hasty and voted against it. When it was adopted, however, he joined the majority in working toward independence.

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Signers of Declaration of Independence: Paine & Gerry Print E-mail

Other less known colonists from Massachusetts who signed the Declaration of Independence were Robert Treat Paine and Eldbridge Gerry. Men perhaps less remembered than John Hancock and Samuel and John Adams, but contributors none the less to the freedom Americans enjoy today.

Robert Treat Paine was a native of Massachusetts, born in 1731. He was expected, by family tradition, to become a Minister. He got high marks at the Boston Latin School and was admitted to Harvard College, where he graduated in 1749. He taught school for a while and then began the study of theology. Because of his frail health, Paine set out to build up his strength by working on the sea. He spent some years as a merchant marine visiting the southern colonies, Spain, the Azores, and England. When he returned home he decided to pursue the law. He was admitted to the bar of Massachusetts in 1757. He first set up office in Portland, Maine (then part of Massachusetts) and later relocated to Taunton, Massachusetts. In the trials of British soldiers following the Boston Massacre, Paine served as associate prosecuting attorney.

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World Hepatitis Day on July 28 Print E-mail

World Hepatitis Day is an annual event that each year provides international focus for patient groups and people living with hepatitis B and C. It is an opportunity around which interested groups can raise awareness and influence real change in disease prevention and access to testing and treatment.

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Homemade treats to you cool off during the hot summer Print E-mail

A Basic "Pop-sicle" Recipe

Ingredients:

3 ounce package gelatin (Jell-O or store brand), any flavor
1 packet unsweetened, flavored drink mix (Kool-Aid)
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup boiling water

Directions:

Combine all in a two quart plastic pitcher. Stir until all is dissolved. Add enough cold water to make two quarts. Pour into small paper drinking cups and freeze until it starts thickening then insert a Pop-sicle stick and continue to freeze until hardened.
Watermelon pops

Ingredients:

4 cups watermelon, seeds removed, cubed
Paper cups
Popsicle sticks (available at craft stores)

Directions:

Place the watermelon in blender and puree. Pour into the paper cups, insert sticks and freeze until hardened. (You can use small Dixie cups or paper cups that are a little larger.)

Strawberry pops

Ingredients:

2 cups fresh, or frozen strawberries
1 cup plain yogurt
1/2 cup granulated sugar

Directions:

Puree the fruit in a blender. Pour into paper cups and freeze. Insert sticks when partially frozen and continue to freeze until they harden (overnight is good).

These pop-sicle recipes will help you make a frugal treat that the kids will love. Whether they're toddlers or teenagers!

Source: http://www.sheknows.com

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Importance of healthy snacks that satisfy your hunger Print E-mail

Between school, homework, sports, your after-school job, and hanging out with friends, it may feel like there's no time for healthy eating. And when you do stop to eat, it's probably tempting to go the quick and easy route by grabbing a burger and fries, potato chips, or candy.

But it is possible to treat yourself to a healthy snack. In fact, if you have a hectic schedule, it's even more important to eat healthy foods that give you the fuel you need to keep going.

Even if you take time to eat three meals a day, you may still feel hungry at times. What's the answer? Healthy snacks. Snacking on nutritious food can keep your energy level high and your mind alert without taking up a lot of your time.

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